“Do You Listen to Your Conscience?”

As children we often experience an inner voice – messages from our psyche reminding us to act ethically toward others. Most of our lives we try to have a clean conscience. Politicians talk of “voting their conscience.” What is this thing we call conscience? Although it is clearly aroused when we witness injustice, can we nurture it so that it more consistently and smoothly guides our behavior? Can conscience be as effective at nurturing goodness as it is in identifying evil? In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”

Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.

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